Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor
Moisture in the Atmosphere Learning Module
Study Guide and Outline Notes
After completing the reading assignment and exploring the Web resources, study guide, and tutorial, review what you have learned with these quizzes:
Moisture in the Atmosphere Multiple Choice Quiz
Quizzes, Tarbuck and Lutgens, Chapter 17, Key Concepts 1-5 and Chapter Test
Lab Exercises on the Web
Learn to interpret satellite images of clouds with this introductory Meteorology Lab Exercise from the Department of Meteorology at San Francisco State University.
Online Tutorial about Clouds and Precipitation
This tutorial was developed by the University of Illinois as part of its Weather World 2010 project. It provides detailed explanations of the processes that give rise to clouds and precipitation.
Where is it raining now in the United States?
You can find out with this NOAA current radar map of precipitation. Use an atlas to help you identify the areas where it is raining.
National Weather Service Doppler Radar for the Bay Area
Is it raining? Check National Weather Service for a recent Doppler radar image that shows the intensity of precipitation in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. You can enlarge the image and watch an animation.
Where has it been raining for the past six hours?
Watch this animated loop of radar images over the United States created by Dave Miller of Stanford University. Compare this loop with satellite images of clouds and water vapor from the Geostationary Satellite Server. What is the direction in which most bands of rain move across country?
California Regional Weather Server
This server is maintained by the Meteorology Program at San Francisco State University. Look for detailed regional weather maps and access to maps for the rest of North America.
Global Montage of Clouds and Temperatures
This global composite map is created by the University of Wisconsin at Madison using satellite data, sea surface temperatures, and observed land temperatures. Look for belts of clouds associated with storms in the midlatitudes and convectional lifting in the tropics. New maps are posted every six hours.
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRRM) has answers to frequently asked questions concerning temperature, rainfall, and moisture.
Average Annual Precipitation Map for California
Compare California's precipitation with its topography. Choose California from the drop-down menu at this NOAA National Data Center site to find a topographic map of California.
World Rainfall Maps
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) includes maps of average annual rainfall and an animation of precipitation throughout the year on its Global Climate Maps Web site. Select the links under the Rainfall heading. Watch as belts of rainfall associated with the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the Polar Front migrate back and forth with the overhead sun.
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